The last game of the three game series will conclude tomorrow at Target Field just one day after a walk-off win for the Minnesota Twins over the defending American League Central champion Detroit Tigers. The game will be the rubber match after the teams split the first two games of the series in chilly Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Two highly-touted pitchers will be on the mound on Thursday looking to win their first start of the year, and looking to give their respective teams the series win. Rick Porcello for the Tigers will be looking to improve off his lackluster 2012 season where he finished 10-12 with an ERA of 4.59 in 31 starts.
Porcello has been a prized possession to the Tigers since he was drafted in 2007, but unfortunately has failed to progress since his MLB debut in 2009. Over his four year career in the majors his ERA has hovered between 4.59 and 4.92, and on top of that he’s yet to win more than 14 games in a season. Although Porcello is only 24-years-old, his time may be running out in Detroit.
Coming off of an outstanding Spring Training Porcello will be looking to start the season off right. A good season could put him back in the good graces of the Detroit fans and front office. In the other dugout Mike Pelfrey will also be looking to start the season off strong in his new city. Pelfrey was traded to the Twins after spending his first seven years with the New York Mets.
Pelfrey will be coming off of Tommy John Surgery that he had in 2012, and will also be looking for a brand new start in Minnesota. Being drafted number nine overall in the 2005 MLB draft put pressure on the young right-hander to deliver, but never really did in New York. In his seven years with the Mets he won 15 games just once, and had an earned run average of over 5.00 three times.
A win for either pitcher could be the beginning of a turn-around season that both need so desperately. With the lineup that the Tigers have you would have to give the slight edge to Porcello to come away with the win, but at the same time the Twins are coming off of a walk-off win. This should be an interesting matchup of talented pitchers, and just maybe it will come down to the last pitch again.